[@OKau] A Missing Link

Steven De Costa steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
Thu May 7 23:47:10 UTC 2015


Don't get drawn into a hostage negotiation ;)

That argument is one where the data holder will say, "Show me proof I'll
get value, then I'll release the data".

Instead, we need to keep the conversation on the data itself.

However, if you must preemptively demonstrate value I think there are two
sensible and non distracting ways to do it.

1. The macro economic argument. Talk about the economy, information goods,
theory of the firm and transaction costs - all in broad terms. When you do
this you can then find evidence of other changes in the (information)
economy to cite as examples.

2. The micro economic argument. Talk about the shift in government-citizen
dynamics brought about by modern communication mediums and the learned
behaviors of digital natives. You can then cite examples of large changes
in consumer behaviour born from peer to peer networks, social networks and
consolidated consumer markets (amazon, app stores, etc).

If a government agency is serious about working out the best areas where
the release of data will improve the economy within their jurisdiction, or
enable more effective G2C and C2G interactions then they should consider
employing economists and statisticians to develop econometric models which
demonstrate the likely value of releasing data. They should also consider
what stimulation they'd need to provide to ensure that a supply-demand
relationship emerges to maintain the long term value they expect to create.


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On 8 May 2015 at 09:10, Ben Searle <bensearle54 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> An open data related thought based on a number of years working in the
> data management space across different levels of government.
> Most government organisations and individuals in those organisations
> understand the benefits of making their data available to the public.  That
> debate has generally been won.  But, most organisations are suffering
> reduced budgets and appreciate that they must expend some resources to
> comply with the open data philosophy.  This costs their organisation.  But
> what benefit do they get back from releasing their data?
> Generally not much direct benefit, other than complying with broad
> government objectives.  So, what is their answer to the question of “whats
> in it for me?”….generally not much.  Until we can effectively answer that
> question the supply side of open data will continue to be limited and we
> will continue to have data released purely to increase data set numbers and
> meet KPI’s but will that data be useful?  Based on current activities, much
> of the existing open data would not be consumed by organisations wishing to
> generate digital products.
> What is missing?
> Ben Searle
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